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Review: Multipower NOxtreme

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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Over the years I have tried a number of different pre-workout products that claim to boost energy levels, concentration, focus and ultimately your work output.  This normally translates into better gains, as within reason, the bigger volume of work that you get done in your training sessions the better the gains you will experience.

Recently both myself and a group of willing students on a personal training course I was teaching gave NOxtreme from Multipower Pro a go prior to a gym based session. The session was based around advanced lifting systems, and promised to be a challenging one.   The 908g tub sent me easily gave the 15 of us a good sized helping with a bit left over for me to use in my next 5 or so sessions.

NOxtreme contains a number of different compounds that are both anabolic (muscle building) and ergogenic (performance enhancing) aids.  Multipower-pro had sent me the Berry Blast flavour that went down well with all the guys, we threw it onto our shakers and mixed it up.  We found that the powder mixed well with water and produced a smooth and good tasting drink.

Off we went to the gym and after a good warm up we started to work some of the different resistance base training systems.  Now, this practical session is an intensive one where all students are expected to put 110% in and feel the hell that they will be putting their clients through!

The mixture of creatine and PTC help to gave a massive cellular level power boost, with the addition of beta-alanine to help buffer the lactic acid produced during intense exercise.  This combination proved to be useful with all but one student finding that they felt that they got a much greater volume of work done in the session that hey felt they would have done if they had not used NOxtreme.  That is always a good thing, as we all know more work generally leads to more gains!

NOxtreme also contains a good mixture of Turaine, Guarana and Caffeine that gives you a massive concentration boost and also has the added benefit of helping to stimulate the central nervous system.

On the whole I do not recommend the use of these type of products on a daily basis or to be used prior to every training session.  But on those days when you need a boost, or when looking to bust a plateau then this is an ideal product to use to boost energy and increase performance.

Video: Butts and Guts

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Hi All

Here is another great video from Sean Croxton and Brett!

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TOM

What is taurine?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Hi All

This time we are going to be looking at taurine.

Taurine is a non-essential amino acid produced naturally within the body. It is often found in various energy drinks, but it’s also found in fish, meat, eggs, and milk, as well as many creatine and protein products.

This supplement is normally used as an energy aid (due to its effect on nervous and brain function), with producers claiming it helps to improve energy levels.  When this is looked at in terms of energy drinks, the greatest part of the drink that aids performance is he caffeine rather than the taurine.

It is also used as part of protein based products to help to reduce the breakdown of muscle tissue and to aid recovery.  This has had limited research to support its claims.

TOM

Can your core take it?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Review: Multipower Iso Drink

Friday, August 9th, 2013

 

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The guys over at Multipower sent me over some of their Iso Drink to try, I have been using these types of powder-based products for a number of years both for myself and with clients before and during long workouts.

Iso Drink is an isotonic powder that you easily mix in a shaker with water to create the perfect in workout boost to your energy and hydration levels.  Mixing the product is easy and the 35g serving creates 500ml of drink that tastes smooth, without all those annoying grainy bits often found in drinks of this nature.   I personally enjoyed the orange flavour but the powder does come in a number of different varieties.

Besides the standard carbohydrate found in these drinks this product also contains a mix of l-carnitine, minerals and BCAAs.  This helps to improve energy levels and keep you going for longer!

Iso Drink is the perfect partner for anybody who likes their endurance based sport’s. During recent endurance training session I used a number of clients as guinea pigs…. They always enjoy trying a new product!  Both my clients and myself found that they got a better overall volume of work done using this product to boost energy levels half way through their training as opposed to just using water.

If you’re a endurance based person and your looking for a way to boost your energy levels in the later parts of a training session, I would definitely recommend that you add Multipower’s Iso Drink into your nutritional program!

Lynsey Sharp

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Hi All,

After spending a few weeks working in Edinburgh started Googling the place and found this interesting video about British Athletics Lynsey Sharp. Well worth a look!

 

Review:Multipower Powerlayer Protein Bar

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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When it comes to protein bars I have traditionally steered well clear. I remember back to the first time I tried a protein bar in a gym (I am not going to mention how long ago that was). I must say it was not the best experience of my life, the bar had a very chemically taste and had what can only be described as a horrible texture.  This experience put me off protein bars for a good while… until now!

I am so glad to say that there has been a big improvement in protein bars over the years since my last one. Recently my friends at Multipower sent me a few of their new Powerlayer bars to have a go of, in the hope that the more modern bars would change my mind.  I found that they did, I tried the chocolate caramel bars and rather than using them post workout, I used them as a high protein snack.  They even made a good dessert for those days when I craved something sweet after a meal.

The bars themselves come in a 60g bar that packs a huge 33% protein content.  The bar is a great one for all those cocoholics out there with four layers of nuts, caramel, crispies and chocolate.  The bars are also free of all artificial colors and flavourings, which is always a good thing!  I really enjoyed both the taste and texture of the Powerlayer bars, and I will be buying more in the future.

If any of you guys give them a try let me know how you find them!

TOM